His spirit was perturbed to aching

chong lee

Senior Member
türkçe
Hi,
The quote is from The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy.

"Perturb" means "disturb greatly".
What does it mean "his spirit was perturbed to aching"?

Thanks.

The reddleman's walk across the vale, and over into the next where his cart lay, was not sprightly for a slim young fellow of twenty-four. His spirit was perturbed to aching.
 
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